Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels Atop the List of Potential Candidates to Fill Head Coaching Vacancies
By: T.J. Flaherty
The NFL's "Black Monday" has came and went, once again leaving fans with many unanswered questions.
- Arizona Cardinals: Head Coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement on Monday in an emotional press conference, citing his family for his decision to retire after his 42 year coaching career, of which he spent the last 5 years in his first head coaching position.
- Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have fired Head Coach Chuck Pagano following his sixth season with the Colts. He finished his career with the Colts with a 53-43 record.
- Detroit Lions: Early Monday morning the Detroit Lions made the announcement that they have fired Jim Caldwell, who has coached the team for the past four seasons. Although the Lions have had winning seasons in three of the four seasons he spent with the team, they were unable to win big games against better teams in the league.
- Oakland Raiders: The Raiders ended Head Coach Jack del Rio's three-year tenure with the team following their loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
- Chicago Bears: Head Coach John Fox has been fired, following the Bears third-straight season that concluded with them sitting at the bottom of the NFC North.
(not included: Ben McAdoo, who was fired from the New York Giants head coaching position in early December)
Now what does this mean for the Patriots?
So far, there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the NFL highlighting potential candidates to fill these head coaching positions. And who are two of the names that stand near the top of the list? Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia.
As expected, they have been highly sought after, as they have almost immediately been asked to interview for the head coaching position for multiple teams listed above.
First, the Lions and Cardinals have expressed interest in Patricia, seeking an interview. As for McDaniels, the Colts have reached out to him, and it is rumored that the Bears are also very much interested in bringing him in to fill the head coaching vacancy.
As for the New York Giants, they have expressed interest in BOTH McDaniels and Patricia.
While nothing will be set-in-stone for quite some time, it is important to keep in mind these potential options for McDaniels and Patricia. Both hold such value to the organization that it would be quite a loss to see them both leave the Patriots.
Until then, rumors will continue to make their rounds, and we will continue to keep fans updated.